...Zoe Saldana on dying inside and Latina pride.

Zoe Saldana has the honor of being the first woman to grace the cover of Cosmopolitan for Latinas -- a major accomplishment for the 33-year-old actress.

Columbiana & Avatar actress Zoe was born to a Dominican father and Puerto Rican mother. In the mag, Zoe celebrates her heritage and discusses being a fiery Latina.

On being a Latina: “People think of Latina women as being fiery and fierce, which is usually true. But I think the quality that so many Latinas possess is strength. I’m very proud to have Latin blood.”

On being a ballerina in her teens: “I had to quit ballet because it felt like a part of me was dying inside. It takes a lot of courage to face up to things you can’t do because we feed ourselves so much denial … In dance you use every party of your body except your voice. I wanted to start acting because I wanted to use my voice.”

Saldana -- who is currently filming the untitled Star Trek sequel -- next appears in The Words, alongside her ex Cooper, 37, and Olivia Wilde, 28.

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